Annual Alumni Game final tune-up for UT baseball

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Junior Nathan Thornhill is one of Texas’ most experienced pitchers. He went 4-5 with a 3.87 ERA in 11 starts last year. (Daily Texan File Photo)

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In a final tune-up before the start of the regular season, the Longhorns baseball team will take the field Saturday against former Texas stars in the annual Alumni Game.

Major league starters Drew Stubbs and Brandon Belt are headlining the list of former Longhorns expected to attend. Taylor Teagarden, Jordan Danks and Taylor Jungmann are also expected to take part in the game.

The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, but the fun for fans will begin even earlier. Texas will also host Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, and a number of events have been planned for ticket holders before the game. 

Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., when fans will have the opportunity to attend an autograph session featuring members of the 2013 roster. Fans in attendance will also have the chance to take a picture with Bevo and play catch in the outfield before the game, and free hot dogs and sodas will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Junior pitcher Nathan Thornhill said he is looking forward to hosting the Alumni Game, as he believes it is a fun event for the fans and a good way to bring in the new season.

“It’s a good time to see the fans and see how much you mean to the community around here,” Thornhill said. “It’s always great to see your ex-teammates and ex-legends. It’s fun to see those guys that have gone on to pro ball and had successful careers that come back and spend time with you.”

After the Alumni Game, the Longhorns will have a nearly two-week break before opening up the regular season at home against Sacramento State on Feb. 15. Texas enters the season ranked No. 21 in college baseball and seventh in the Big 12 behind No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 15 TCU.